Discover Texas’ King Ranch and the Ford F-150 That’s Named for It
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The history of the famous King Ranch plays out as part of Texas history, too.
In 1853, steamboat captain Richard King bought land in the Wild Horse Desert in South Texas. Little did he know – or maybe he did – that he’d be forming the foundation for generations of preservation and culture – and the inspiration for one of Ford Motor Company’s most popular lines of Ford F-150 trucks.
Learn about King Ranch here, and get your own King Ranch® truck at our Ford dealership near you.
An Incredibly Truncated History of King Ranch
By the end of the Civil War, King Ranch had grown to nearly 150,000 acres, upon which thousands of head of cattle thrived. But these weren’t just any cattle: these were domesticated longhorns, and some of the very first hoof stock taken on the earliest Texas cattle drives.
It was then that Captain King registered a now near-mythic brand, the “Running W,” an icon seen today on the new and used Ford F-150 King Ranch® trim, to set his cattle apart from others. Some people say the shape represents the desert’s diamondback rattlesnakes, or the nearby creek, while others say it evokes the horns of a longhorn bull.
Captain King needed a way to move his cattle more efficiently, so he invested in building railroads, packinghouses, ice plants, and other improvements to the port of Corpus Christi. This infrastructure, combined with a meaningful breed improvement program, created “the finest cattle and horses in Texas,” including the Santa Gertudis breed, the first officially recognized breed of beef cattle in America, and some of the country’s top quarter horses and racing thoroughbreds, including 1946 Triple Crown winner ASSAULT.
By the time Captain King died in 1885, he had left his legacy in Texas. Today’s King Ranch continues on as a major agribusiness with interests in cattle ranching; cotton, grain, sugar cane, and turfgrass farming; retail luxury goods; and recreational hunting.
The Ford F-150 King Ranch® is Born
Just as Captain King needed infrastructure to get his products out of Texas, the modern King Ranch did, too. They partnered with Ford to create a fleet of more than 350 trucks to use for ranch business, including at its satellite locations in Florida, New Mexico, and South Carolina.
Their partnership began in 1999, with Ford promoting the 2001 King Ranch® F-150 SuperCrew as the most upscale model in its stable. It also was the first under-8,500 GVW full-size truck with four doors and full rear passenger compartment. In 2003, Ford added King Ranch® packages to its Super Duty lineup of F-250 and F-350 trucks, and on the Expedition in 2005.
The first Ford King Ranch® edition captured the ruggedness of the Texas landscape: dark brown, saddle-grade seat leather; seat-back pockets with saddlebag flaps; and specially-designed carpeting on the floor. And today, the aesthetic still harkens back to the ranch the truck is named for.
Inside the New Ford F-150 King Ranch®
The 2022 Ford F-150 King Ranch comes standard with lots of luxuries, but you still have plenty of chances to upgrade it and make it your own. The truck seats six, with pricing starting at $58,610.
Standard in the new Ford F-150 King Ranch® are full-leather, heated power driver and passenger bucket seats, with a flow-through console with a leather-trimmed cover, plus leather-wrapped shifter, and a heated second-row leather 60/40 clip-up split seat. And remember – it’s a special leather, used only in the King Ranch® edition, to give a unique Western look.
You’ll also get things like:
- Power everything in the cab, including heated seats
- 12” infotainment screen and premium stereo system with FordPass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Dual-zone temperature control
- Safety features including post-collision braking, pre-collision assist, adaptive steering, rearview camera with dynamic hitch assistant, intersection assist, and more
- Partitioned lockable fold-flat storage and box LEDs
- Accent color bumpers and grille, body color door and tailgate handles and side mirrors
- 400W outlet
- Class IV trailer hitch, integrated trailer brake controller, and trailer sway control
- 4×2 (with 4×4 optional)
- 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine with an electronic 10-speed automatic transmission
- Remote keyless entry and remote start
- And much more. Seriously, it’s such a long list of features, we could never list them all here. But, our personal shoppers will walk you through all your options when you order your King Ranch® F-150.
How to Get a King Ranch® Truck of Your Own
Maybe you’re inspired by the illustrious history of Texas’ most famous ranch. Or maybe you just need a tough truck to get the job done, while looking good. The King Ranch® F-150 is right up your alley.
To get a new F-150 King Ranch® of your own, you’ll need to place a special order through your Itasca Ford dealership, Zeck Ford. This will get you a new Ford truck for sale, made just for you. If you’re lucky, you may also find a new King Ranch truck at our Ford dealership near you from time to time.
And if the King Ranch® isn’t your speed, then you’ll be pleased to know we have a selection of new and used trucks. Call us to make an appointment to take a test drive and to meet with one of our no-haggle, friendly personal shoppers – never a high-pressure salesperson. We call that the Zecksperience, and it’s waiting for you at 1201 E. Main Street in Itasca.